8TH ANNUAL PARTNER RECOGNITION CELEBRATION, Day 1



December 1, 2021

11:00 AM - 02:00 PM


Join the Chicago Region Trees Initiative for a Two-Part Partner Recognition Celebration!

The CRI Partner Recognition Celebration is a chance to connect with partners in the region, get inspired by speaker to to keep up our collective efforts in the coming year, and recognize the efforts of individuals and organization with CRTI Urban Forestry Awards. This year, our annual Partner Recognition Celebration is focused on managing invasive woody species in the Chicago region. We hope to see you there! Registration is free but required for both events.

December 1, 11 am-2 p.m., Eradication Innovation Virtual Panel
About 45% of our region’s tree canopy is invasive species! Participate in our free virtual panel of speakers presenting on innovative approaches to inspiring invasive species removal. You’ll learn about a callery pear buy back program, how to inspire neighbors to join the Conservation@Home program, implement the Miyawaki method to prevent growth of invasives, and more.

CRTI Urban Forestry Awards will be presented between speakers - make your nominations here.

Speakers listed below:
What’s Going on with Invasive Species in the Chicago Region? Dr. Chai-Shian Kua, The Morton Arboretum
Inspiring Awareness of a Popular Invasive Tree - Missouri’s Callery Pear Buy Back Program Carol Davit, Director, Missouri Prairie Foundation (MPF) and chair of the Missouri Invasive Plant Task Force (MoIP)
Healthy Homes and Sustainable Yards - Replacing Invasives in Residential Landscapes Sarah Michehl, Community Engagement Specialist, The Land Conservancy of McHenry County
Designing with the Miyawaki Method - Keep Invasives Out and Grow a Healthy Ecosystem Ethan Bryson, Founder, Natural Urban Forests


December 11, 12-3 p.m. "Invasion of the Nature Snatchers!" A Stewardship Festival
Drop in to our fun and interactive invasive species stewardship festival! Bring your family, staff, garden club, HOA, local green drinks chapter, and anyone else you can think of! We will have demonstrations on desirable plant replacements, strategies for invasives removal, inspiration on how to engage your constituents and neighbors, furniture made from buckthorn, and other fun demonstrations. Take a hike, roast some s’mores, and enjoy being outside!

Address: Pioneer Woods Picnic Grove, 10218 W. 107th, Willow Springs, IL, 60480


Registration is free but required for both events.
Register for December 1, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Eradication Innovation Virtual Panel
Register for December 11, 12 to 3 p.m., Invasion of the Nature Snatchers!

CRTI recognizes public and private organizations and individuals who have gone above and beyond this past year on behalf of our regional forest and the residents who live here. Nominate an organization, individual, or even your own organization or yourself (no need to be shy!). Nominations can be made year-round!

To donate prizes for the Stewardship Festival raffle, contact Melissa at mcustic@mortonarb.org.

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